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August 24, 2017

NAFTA
NAFTA negotiations New Pieces on NAFTA, Mexico, and Venezuela

The first round of NAFTA negotiations now concluded, the three nations will take a two week breather before reconvening in Mexico City on September 1. While the policy differences should be surmounta…

December 17, 2009

Brazil
2009.12.16.VEN Venezuela’s Risk Unhinged

The credit risk of oil exporting countries such as Venezuela and Russia tends to move with the price of oil. As a country’s oil export revenue improves, so does its ability to pay its debts. Recent…

April 27, 2017

Venezuela
Shannon Facebook Live Venezuela Facebook Live: The Crisis in Venezuela

This afternoon I joined James M. Lindsay, senior vice president, director of studies, and Maurice R. Greenberg chair at the Council on Foreign Relations, to discuss the political and economic crisis …

July 7, 2016

Trade
Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro stands in front of an image depicting the country's late President Hugo Chavez during a meeting with members of Venezuela's United Socialist Party (PSUV) in Caracas Venezuela’s Woes Reach Mercosur

Mercosur is under considerable internal strain. As at other times in the trade bloc’s history, shifting political winds and changing trade priorities have placed the member countries at loggerheads. …

October 11, 2011

Human Rights
Venezuela’s Presidential Race Venezuela’s Presidential Race

Members of Venezuela's militia and supporters of Venezuela's President Chavez attend a ceremony in Caracas (Jorge Silva/Courtesy Reuters). Today, chances are Hugo Chávez will face off agai…

November 28, 2007

Politics and Government
Voting in Venezuela

This Sunday Venezuelans will vote on a referendum comprising 69 changes to the existing Constitution. Many of these push the country further toward Chavez’s 21st Century Socialism, expanding pensions…

March 2, 2017

United States
U.S. policy Options in Venezuela Venezuela: Options for U.S. Policy

This morning, I had the privilege of testifying before the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations at a hearing titled “Venezuela: Options for U.S. Policy.” Also joining me before the committee we…

May 31, 2017

Americas
Panelists speak on South America From Venezuela to Argentina: The Situation in South America

This afternoon, I had the privilege of speaking alongside Cynthia Arnson, Kellie Meiman Hock, and Michael Shifter on current events in South America. Our talk covered countries from Colombia to Argen…

October 28, 2016

Venezuela
three-factors-driving-venezuelas-impasse-lam Three Factors Driving Venezuela’s Impasse

[This post was co-authored with John Polga-Hecimovich*] The increasingly dangerous crisis in Venezuela (described in the first post of this series), has been complicated by the political economy o…

October 28, 2016

Venezuela
how-venezuela-got-into-this-mess-lam How Venezuela Got Into This Mess

[This post was co-authored with John Polga-Hecimovich*] By the end of 2017, the Venezuelan economy will likely be less than three-quarters of its 2013 size. Inflation is set to increase from 700 p…